3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Industrial Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,171 as of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,939 issues advancing vs. 967 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Industrial industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tenaris ( TS), down 3.9%, and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 1.9%, Eaton Corporation ( ETN), up 1.2%, Illinois Tool Works ( ITW), up 1.2%, Rockwell Automation ( ROK), up 1.0% and Honeywell International ( HON), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Donaldson Company ( DCI) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial industry lower today. As of noon trading, Donaldson Company is down $1.58 (-3.7%) to $41.07 on heavy volume. Thus far, 358,400 shares of Donaldson Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 385,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.52-$42.75 after having opened the day at $42.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.65.

Donaldson Company, Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and replacement parts. Donaldson Company has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Donaldson Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Donaldson Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Donaldson Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MRC Global ( MRC) is down $4.08 (-13.8%) to $25.48 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of MRC Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 917,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.31-$26.40 after having opened the day at $26.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.56.

MRC Global Inc. distributes pipes, valves, and fittings (PVF), and related products and services to the energy industry worldwide. MRC Global has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate MRC Global a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MRC Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full MRC Global Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valmont Industries ( VMI) is down $9.27 (-6.0%) to $146.19 on heavy volume. Thus far, 584,330 shares of Valmont Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 245,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $144.75-$148.87 after having opened the day at $145.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.46.

Engaged in the Infrastructure and Irrigation businesses. The Irrigation segment consists of the manufacture and distribution of agricultural irrigation equipment, tubular products and related parts services. Valmont Industries has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Valmont Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valmont Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Valmont Industries Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial industry could consider SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DIA) while those bearish on the industrial industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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